Avoiding an avalanche: keeping track without being overwhelmed

Sluff is the cloud of moving snow you see behind someone skiing or snowboarding down a steep slope. I recently re-read a post by Inger Mewburn (The Thesis Whisperer) where she uses ‘sluff’ as a metaphor for the mass of notes and memos we accumulate to keep track of what we thought or did. In… Continue reading Avoiding an avalanche: keeping track without being overwhelmed

Book Review: The Compassionate Mind Approach to Beating Overeating by Ken Goss

The Compassionate Mind Approach to Beating Overeating by Ken Goss This is not another diet book, although it will help you find ways to manage your food intake and energy output that are more in tune with your body’s needs. Instead, it offers you a different approach to learning to live in a complex body,… Continue reading Book Review: The Compassionate Mind Approach to Beating Overeating by Ken Goss

Impossible to-do lists: why magical thinking isn’t a solution.

A few weeks ago I visited my friend at the allotments. Covid restrictions prevent meeting indoors.  That, together with Manchester’s weather meant it could be a while before we would catch up again. This could be the last warm day of the year, and a welcome opportunity for a good conversation.  The leaves on the… Continue reading Impossible to-do lists: why magical thinking isn’t a solution.

Coping with difficult emotions during a setback

I find flare-ups and setbacks very frustrating, and emotionally difficult. I’d be surprised if that isn’t normal for people with chronic illness. All the worst emotions tend to surface. And it’s even harder than usual to fend off self-doubt and self -criticism because I’m tired and sore and cross. There are two phrases that have… Continue reading Coping with difficult emotions during a setback

Small Victories #6

Made a difficult phone call and took a walk. Took a humungous effort to actually do each of them. Actually the phone call wasn’t difficult at all. I’d just convinced myself it would be.

Small Victories #5

Left the House I haven’t left the house for a few days and only occasionally in the last few weeks. I’m supposed to do something energetic (or th closest I get) outside every day for both my physical and mental health. Today I joined my partner and friend for their afternoon drinks. I didn’t feel… Continue reading Small Victories #5